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Books
· Hit that Blot: A Carol Golden Novel

· Pictureland: A Matthew and Mason Adventure

· Dangerous Wind: A Carol Golden Novel

· Dancing with Bulls: A Matthew and Mason Adventure

· Relatively Dead: A Carol Golden Novel

· Forget to Remember: A Carol Golden Novel

· Freedom's Light: Quotations from History's Champions of Freedom

· Aces and Knaves

· Catch a Falling Knife

· Thirteen Diamonds


Short Stories
· Honey's Murder

· Freeway Exit

· Red Dress

· Antietam Adventure--Matthew and Mason Adventure

· Have a Nice Knife

· Echo's Story--Matthew and Mason Adventure

· Hot Days, Cold Nights

· Moon Over Murder

· Little Willie Chews the Scenery

· Freedom Sneezes--Matthew and Mason Mystery


Articles
· Grief: Why Writers Get it Wrong

· A Blog on a Blot: Backgammon Anyone?

· Are We in Dystopia Yet?

· Are You Normal? Do You Want to Be?

· Blaze a Trail: Do Something Nobody Else Has Done

· James Bond and Me--and a Few Other People

· Internet Backgammon (9 of 9) Glossary

· Internet Backgammon (8 of 9) Playing the Microsoft Computer Backgammon Prog

· Internet Backgammon (7 of 9) Psychology

· Internet Backgammon (6 of 9) Using the Doubling Cube


Poetry
· Librarian

· Witchcraft

· Mermaid

· Poet's Lament

· Amy Anne Diane

· Clarence High School Alma Mater

· Corporal Ed Lincoln, 23rd New York

· Can-Can

· Limericks--Lady from France

· Eyeful

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· 11 books at .99 on Kindle

· My books can be borrowed from Amazon Kindle

· Now 10 E-books for .99

· Amnesia Mystery Catching On

· 9 E-books for $.99

· My Books on Smashwords

· Awards for Run into Trouble

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4/2/2015 12:26:03 PM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]

Why would an author give away a book? Here are a couple of answers.
Why would an author give away his book? Arenít all authors writing to make money? Iíve wondered about this for a long time after seeing the number of books that are available free as e-books. Iíve come up with a couple of reasons.

The first reason is why Iím giving away my book, Freedomís Light: Quotations from Historyís Champions of Freedom. I think everybody should be aware of its contents, especially young people. The book contains quotations by historical figures about personal freedom. On a daily basis we donít think much about our freedom, even though we may be losing it ďÖan inch at a time.Ē As Dr. Walter Williams says. The people quoted, including Aristotle, Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Anne Frank and Martin Luther King, knew what they were talking about. We need to be aware of what governments throughout the world are doing to our freedom before it is gone.

The second reason I came up with for giving away a book is that it can be a good promotional device, especially when youíve written a lot of books as I have. If you like a book you get free, you may be tempted to read more books by the same author. I picked Aces and Knaves to give away because itís a standalone mystery written in a breezy style, that people have said is fun to read. Itís about gambling and other hijinks, and takes place in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Thereís a murder to solve, the characters are likeable (well, some are more likeable than others) and thereís some potentially romantic stuff as well.

For anyone inclined to check these books out, they are available as e-books at http://www.barnesandnoble.com, http://www.kobo.com and http://smashwords.com.


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More Blogs by Alan Cook
•  Free Books - Thursday, April 02, 2015  
• Register for Free Book on Goodreads.com - Wednesday, April 17, 2013
• Editing for Dollars - Wednesday, March 27, 2013
• Another Award for Run into Trouble - Friday, March 19, 2010
• Silver Quill Award for Run into Trouble - Monday, March 08, 2010
• Freedom for My Grandsons - Tuesday, January 05, 2010
• Amazon Kindle Books on iPhone, iPod - Wednesday, March 11, 2009
• Run into Trouble - Friday, January 30, 2009


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